Your Options as a Student Participant
It is very important that you understand that your participation in research projects is not required. Rather, it is voluntary. It is also important to understand that your decision to participate or not to participate in research will not affect your status in this course or influence the way your instructor or professor feels about you. In fact, your instructor/professor will be unaware that you have earned ArgoPoints until the end of the semester when your extra credit is assigned.
In SPBS courses, you have alternative options for earning extra credit. It is okay if you do not want to participate in research at all. It is also okay if you want to participate in some research studies but also want to complete alternative assignments sometimes.
Reading Psychological Research for ArgoPoints
If you choose not to participate in research at all or if you just want to ArgoPoints in another way sometimes, you have an alternative option available to you. You can earn extra credit by reading and reviewing empirical journal articles posted on the PRP webpage. On this webpage, you will also find guidelines for the required review paper. When you complete two (2) review papers, you will earn one (1) ArgoPoint.
All course guidelines related to ArgoPoints (whether or not they are accepted, how they are translated, and the maximum number that you can earn in the course) still apply when completing article reviews.
It's Your Choice
As a final note, please remember at all times that participating in research studies for extra credit is your choice. You are free to participate or not to participate. You are free to complete an alternative assignment or not to complete an alternative assignment. Participation in research studies or the completion of alternative assignments is in no way required for any SPBS course. It’s your choice.